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Five Least Reliable Cars On The (Side of) The Road

November 25, 2020, 12:00 am

One bad apple shouldn’t ruin the whole bunch. However, when you’re looking to purchase a new or used car, you don’t want to take chances. In a world with more and more bells and whistles, Bluetooth and EVs, one of the most important qualities of any car is reliability. Here are a few models that have a rocky track record. 

Nissan Altima. Nissan has had a few hit-or-miss years when it comes to making vehicles you can count on. That hasn’t slowed sales, however, and Nissan continues to sell at the same pace as manufacturers that consistently offer more trustworthy cars, trucks, and crossovers. However, Nissan does need to improve the reliability of its fleet, especially the Nissan Altima. One of the top-selling cars in the line-up was named the least reliable car in its class, though 2020 models have improved, earning a five-star rating. 

Volkswagen Atlas. Maybe it's the company’s penchant for leaning heavily on complex electronics or rushing new tech under the hood, but VW isn’t earning strong reliability ratings. In fact, they’ve been called the 27th lowest rated brand last year and even were handed the moniker of being the worst German brand in regards to reliability. Consumer Reports named the Atlas as the least reliable car in the VW line-up; that’s rough. 

Cadillac XT4. In a bygone era, the name Cadillac evoked sentiments of quality, durability, and reliability. Somewhere along the way, those characteristics have slipped. Like VW, Cadillac’s position as a luxury brand forces the company to push high-end electronics and tech into every model, and when tech goes bad, repairs can be expensive. Consumer Reports rated the company dead last out of the top 33 automakers, with the XT4 deemed the least reliable Cadillac available. Ouch. 

Jeep Wrangler. Like Cadillac, Jeep used to be known as the toughest thing on the road, or off it, for that matter. The go-anywhere vehicle that beat the Nazis has turned into a niche four-wheeler whose diehard fans even admit to being rather finicky. Now a little brother to Fiat, Jeep joins Chrysler as a brand that was once bulletproof but has turned into something a bit soft. Ranked 26th out of 33, Jeep’s ever-popular Wrangler is the least trustworthy ride in the Jeep fleet. 

If you’ve got any experience with unreliable cars, let us know. Fixing any make or model, we know a few, too!


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